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PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada End of Day 13

PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada End of Day 13

Photo: Canada’s national women’s hockey team wins silver at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Credit Dave Holland/Hockey Canada

PyeongChang 2018 Team Canada End of Day 13

PYEONGCHANG (February 22, 2018) – Here is what you need to know about Team Canada at the end of Day 13 at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018:

GOLD: 9 SILVER: 7 BRONZE: 8 TOTAL: 24

RESULTS: Team Canada’s competition results

COMPETITION SCHEDULE: Team Canada Day-By-Day at PyeongChang 2018

QUICK FACTS:

  • Valérie Grenier finishes 6th in alpine skiing combined – a Canadian best ever;
  • The Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team winning streak comes to an end at 24 games;
  • Kim Boutin becomes Canada’s first triple medallist at PyeongChang 2018;
  • Boutin wins Canada’s second ever Olympic medal in the women’s 1000m short track speed skating event (Nathalie Lambert won silver at Lillehammer 1994);
  • Boutin is the second woman to win a medal in all three individual short track speed skating events at a Olympic Winter Games (Wang Meng of China at Turin 2006);
  • Boutin joins Cindy Klassen, Marc Gagnon and Gaetan Boucher as the only Canadian athletes to win at least three medals at a single Winter Games;
  • Charles Hamelin joins Marc Gagnon, François-Louis Tremblay and Phil Edwards as Canada’s most decorated male Olympian with five medals;
  • Hamelin is the first short track speed skater to win a gold (2010), silver (2006) and bronze (2018) in the short track speed skating 5000m relay.

SILVER LINING FOR CANADIAN WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM IN PYEONGCHANG

The Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team will return home to Canada with silver medals following a shootout loss to the United States on Thursday afternoon.

Canada and the United States exchanged leads throughout the game, with the Americans getting on the board first on a power-play goal by their captain, Hilary Knight, in the closing seconds of the first frame. Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont./Calgary, CWHL) tied things up at the two-minute mark of the second period, and Canada’s captain Marie-Philip Poulin (Beauceville, Que./Montreal, CWHL) netted the go-ahead goal for the red-and-white less than three minutes later.

Canada retained the lead until Monique Lamoureux-Morando beat Shannon Szabados (Edmonton, Alta.) at 13:39 of the third period to tie things up between the cross-border rivals. The score remained tied at two through 20 minutes of four-on-four overtime action, and even the first round of the shootout saw the teams at a stalemate with two goals and three misses apiece. It was Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson who bookended the U.S. scoring, earning the game-winning goal in the shootout. 

“Right now, it’s really tough, obviously. When you play in the final, you want to win. It was a good game; both teams gave their all. It’s sad to lose in a shootout,” said Poulin of heading home with a silver medal for Canada after winning two gold medals at her first two Olympic appearances. She remarked that Thursday’s nail-biter put the female game on display for the excitement it brings to fans. “Every four years we elevate the way we play; obviously, for women’s hockey, it’s great. We played great. It shows how much women’s hockey is growing.”

Canada finished the Games with a 4-1 record after going undefeated in its preliminary match-ups against the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Finland, and the United States. Canada advanced to the gold-medal game after a 5-0 semifinal victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russia on Feb. 19.

“It’s hard [to lose in the shootout]. There are not a lot of words to describe how you feel, but you know it was a great game of hockey,” said head coach Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont.). “That was what we expected – back-and-forth hockey. It was a battle until the end. It’s always been back-and-forth hockey for the past 20 years. It was obviously a great game, but not the outcome we wanted.”

Szabados, who made 36 saves in the gold-medal game, received the IIHF Directorate Award as Top Goaltender, while Canadians Mélodie Daoust (Valleyfield, Que./McGill University, RSEQ) and Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ont./Markham, CWHL) were also recognized for their tournament play, being selected to the All-Star Team as top forward and top defenceman respectively. Daoust was also named the tournament MVP.

In addition to its four gold medals (2014, 2010, 2006, 2002), Canada’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team also claimed silver in 1998 in Nagano, Japan. PyeongChang 2018 marked the sixth time women’s hockey has been part of the Olympic Winter Games.

Marie-Philip POULIN

On taking the silver medal after winning gold at the last two Games:

“Obviously in women’s hockey (it) is all different with the colour of the medal, but we work all year and it was tight game. I think it’s good for women’s hockey, but obviously it’s a tough one to swallow.”

On the team:

“This team really gave their heart out tonight. It’s my second family and I’m so proud of all of them. This team was very special. We had a great group of veterans. The young ones as well, they were so mature throughout the year and they showed it at the Olympics.”

On her Olympic experience:

“Any time you have the chance representing your country at the highest level, there is no better feeling and it was amazing. We tried to make Canadians proud and hopefully we did.” 

Natalie SPOONER

On losing the game:

“This is something you will never forget and will use for motivation going forward. It is not a good feeling at all. You work for four years for this and you dream about it every day and when it does not come true it is a tough pill to swallow. But I know we have a strong group and everyone will remember this moment and how much it sucks and use it for motivation.”